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Runnymede Mayor supporting the Royal British Legion

The Mayor of Runnymede Councillor Iftikhar Chaudhri said it was "an honour" to be out supporting this year's Poppy Appeal.

The Mayor has visited sites across the Borough including Addlestone, Egham and Chertsey to help drum up support for a cause close to his heart.

Mayor Chaudhri spent Wednesday, 8 November, collecting with Mary Sheen and Irene Ramsay. The pair have been Royal British Legion members for a combined half century.

He said: "One of my chosen charities is the Army Benevolent Fund.

"I think the army does a fantastic job and to help such a great cause like The Royal British Legion, and all the work they do, is special and part of what I want to achieve as Mayor.

"I want to give as much time as possible.

"Being here is my way of helping and it is an honour.

"In the next week I want to get around Runnymede and help the Royal British Legion as much as I can.

"They are that special."

Irene and Mary are from the Royal British Legion's Pooley Green Road Branch.

They said their stall, in Sainsbury Staines, had been "extremely busy" and the generous support of the public had so far helped to raise more than £2,000 - with a week's collecting still to go.

Mary added that they were glad to support the branch because of all the hard work it did for retired servicemen and women as well as the older people in the community.

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